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More Greenpeace Activists Granted Bail

Colin Russell from Australia appears to have been the only "Arctic Sunrise" defendant not to be granted bail or released.
Thirteen more members of a Greenpeace ship detained two months ago during a protest at sea have been released from a Russian prison after paying bail.

The release on November 22 means 29 of the 30-member crew of the ship "Arctic Sunrise" have either been released or granted bail, which was 2 million rubles (about $60,750) per person. Ship captain Peter Wilcox was one of the crew members set free with the release.

Australian Colin Russell, who was remanded in custody until February 24, was the only activist not to be granted bail. The crew of the "Arctic Sunrise" was detained in September while protesting Gazprom's gas drilling in the Arctic Sea.

All 30 are still facing hooliganism charges and face a prison sentence of up to seven years.

It is unclear if they will be allowed to leave Russia before their court dates.

Meantime, a UN-mandated international maritime tribunal in Hamburg has ordered Russia to release the ship and 30 people arrested in the protest action.

Tribunal president judge Shunji Yanai said the application from The Netherlands for the provisional release of the Dutch-registered ship Arctic Sunrise and its crew was accepted by the vote of 19 judges to two.

Russia's foreign ministry says the tribunal has no jurisdiction in the Greenpeace case.

Based on reporting by AFP and AP